Thaw could release Cold War-era U.S. toxic waste buried under Greenland's ice

OSLO Global warming could release radioactive waste stored in an abandoned Cold War-era U.S. military camp deep under Greenland's ice caps if a thaw continues to spread in coming decades, scientists said on Friday.Camp Century was built in northwest Greenland in 1959 as part of U.S. research into the feasibility of nuclear missile launch sites in the Arctic, the University of Zurich said in a statement.Staff left gallons of fuel and an unknown amount of low-level radioactive coolant there when the base shut down in 1967 on the assumption it would be entombed forever, according to the university.It is all currently about 35 meters (114.83 ft) down. But the part of the ice sheet covering the camp could start to melt by the end of the century on current trends, the scientists added."Climate change could remobilize the abandoned hazardous waste believed to be buried forever beneath the Greenland ice sheet," the university said of findings published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. The study, led by York University in Canada in collaboration with the University of Zurich, estimated that pollutants in the camp included 200,000 liters (44,000 UK gallons) of diesel fuel and the coolant from a nuclear generator used to produce power."It's a new breed of political challenge we have to think about," lead author William Colgan, a climate and glacier scientist at York University, said in a statement. "If the ice melts, the camp's infrastructure, including any remaining biological, chemical, and radioactive wastes, could re-enter the environment and potentially disrupt nearby ecosystems," the University of Zurich said.The study said it would be extremely costly to try to remove any waste now. It recommended waiting "until the ice sheet has melted down to almost expose the wastes before beginning site remediation." There was no immediate comment from U.S. authorities. (Reporting By Alister Doyle; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

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Future of FinTech Depends on APIs

Investors around the world in 2015 invested a total of $19.1 billion in the FinTech industry.It is not surprising considering the level of disruption in the financial industry; retail banks, traditional lenders, and traditional asset managers have all seen digital disruption. Over the past few years, we have seen explosive growth in online versions of those traditional services listed above with online only banks, peer-to-peer lending platforms, and robo-advisors.However, legacy financial institutions are not just sitting there doing nothing. They have been fighting their battles to stay competitive like integrating themselves within the FinTech space by embracing mobile banking, implementing fingerprint sensor logins, and express checkouts with Apple Pay.Here is a chart that highlights the diverse ecosystem we see in FinTech (not limited to and credits to BusinessInsider).It's incredible. Most of these companies are built in the cloud and can scale tremendously quickly by calling their own or even other's API over and over again.Knowing this, MuleSoft has been actively involving itself in helping financial institutions and services modernize legacy systems to enable them to develop and integrate new applications. In other words, we help financial organizations connect and be connected to apps, data, and devices seamlessly together to set a sound basis for future initiatives.Example of How APIs Connect the FinTech EcosystemSome of our financial customers like Wells Fargo and MasterCard have been increasingly facing regulatory and compliance pressures as well as having to keep up with customer demands and creating new products and services to compete with new players. Here is a common scenario that demonstrates how API-led connectivity in financial organizations allow us to make everyday transactions feel easy and natural.Imagine you are calling an Uber for a ride home. During the ride, you realize you didn't cook anything for dinner and just want to relax with some takeout. You put in an online order through some fancy delivery app you discovered recently and pay with PayPal. When you arrive at your house, you pay for the ride with Apple Pay. Seconds later, a text pops up from Mint saying you are over budget for the month. It looks like someone is getting chauffeured around too much!Let's analyze the different parts of the story that involve some payment integrator:Ordering your takeout:Could be using Yelp API, PayPal API that's linked to Wells Fargo account, Visa Checkout API, MasterCard Express API, the list goes on.Paying for your Uber:Again, any credit cards or Paypal can be linked here as well as Apple Pay.Budget notification:Bank APIs, stockbroker APIs, and other accounts you use money with or have assets in for your budget tracker to consolidate.To show you how crucial APIs are in fueling FinTech growth, I will highlight just one aspect of the payment landscape from the Uber scenario. This diagram above is how Apple Pay works with the iPhone, merchants, and banks. I will save another article to explain the payment gets processed from end to end, but this simple to use contact payment technology involves the PassKit API to detect whether a device is set up for Apple Pay, to create a payment sheet, and to tokenize the payer's info to the payment processor.Something as simple as paying with your phone involves the partnership of many parties, from the tech enablers to the financial providers. Integration with many other different types of payment services and platform would be a death sentence without powerful APIs and an application network set-up for multi-integration.FinTech API LandscapeTake a look at the diagram below to see the explosive number of financial APIs that came up over the past few years:The growth of financial, payment, and eCommerce APIs in four years is fascinating and eye-opening. With our example of Apple Pay, that is only a tiny portion of the payment acceptance game in the right-hand side cloud diagram above. The possibilities for connecting the FinTech ecosystems are endless — insurance, accounting, marketplace, the list goes on.Understanding this, we recently had the chance to support Barclay's digital banking hackathon by sponsoring them our Anypoint Platform and RAML (RESTful API Modeling Language) to develop new products and services for digital banking.The digital banking hackathon was a good initiative to support, and I believe that improving digital banking can solve many pain points, such as long retail checkout lines, the need for on-demand personal banking, and even internal teams like driving down hardware costs. New FinTech apps and services also rely on robust online banking services to provide data and enable transactions.The FinTech revolution is only getting started, and I am glad that APIs can enable something as traditional as finance to get the cultural shift it needed to innovate. If you want to learn more about our involvement, I have resources available in three parts about the connected financial institution: legacy modernization, data management, and digital transformation.

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Solar plane circles globe in first for clean energy

ABU DHABI A solar-powered aircraft successfully completed the first fuel-free flight around the world on Tuesday, returning to Abu Dhabi after an epic 16-month voyage that demonstrated the potential of renewable energy.The plane, Solar Impulse 2, touched down in the United Arab Emirates capital at 0005 GMT (0405 local time) on Tuesday.It first took off from Abu Dhabi on March 9, 2015, beginning a journey of about 40,000 km (24,500 miles) and nearly 500 hours of flying time.Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg, the Swiss founders of the project, took turns piloting the aircraft, which has a wingspan larger than a Boeing 747 but weighs no more than an average family car."More than an achievement in the history of aviation, Solar Impulse has made history in energy," Piccard, who piloted the plane on the last leg, told a large crowd on landing. "I’m sure that within the next 10 years we’ll see electric airplanes carrying 50 passengers on short- to medium-haul flights," he said in a statement.He said the technologies used on Solar Impulse 2 could be used on the ground in daily life to halve emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas blamed for climate change.The propeller-driven aircraft's four engines are powered by energy collected from more than 17,000 solar cells built in the wings. Excess energy is stored in batteries. Unfavorable weather at times hindered smooth flying, causing the plane to be grounded for months in some countries. In all, the plane had 16 stopovers.The pilots also had to demonstrate the mental stamina required to tackle vast distances alone at a cruising speed of no more than 90 km (56 miles) per hour and altitudes of up to 9,000 meters (29,500 feet)."We were facing the oceans... We had to build up this mindset, not just the plane and technology," Piccard told reporters. For the two pilots, landing back where they started is only "the beginning of the continuation" of a longer journey, said Piccard, who in 1999 became the first person to circumnavigate the globe non-stop in a hot air balloon.Aside from continuing to promote renewable energy, they plan to launch an international council to advise governments and develop new applications for clean energy technology. (Reporting by Stanley Carvalho, editing by Sami Aboudi and John Stonestreet)

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Yahoo reports lackluster results as sale looms

Yahoo Inc's (YHOO.O) quarterly earnings fell short of Wall Street expectations on Monday in what may be the company's last financial report before it sells its core business.Yahoo reported adjusted earnings of 9 cents per share, short of the 10 cents that analysts expected. It also announced a $482 million write-down on the value of Tumblr, the social media service that it acquired in 2013 for $1.1 billion.Total revenue rose to $1.31 billion from $1.24 billion a year earlier, though that seeming improvement was the result of a change in the way the cost of acquiring traffic is counted. After deducting fees paid to partner websites for traffic, revenue fell to $841.2 million from $1.04 billion.Revenue in the company's emerging businesses, which Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer calls Mavens - mobile, video, native and social advertising - showed some life, rising 25.7 percent to $504 million in the second quarter ended June 30.Gross search revenue for the quarter was $765 million, a 17 percent decrease from the same period last year. The company posted a net loss of $439.9 million, or 46 cents per share, compared with a loss of $21.6 million, or 2 cents per share, a year earlier. "If search continues to decline as much as it has that's something that's going to be called into question," said JMP Securities analyst Ronald Josey.Yahoo is in the process of auctioning off its search and advertising business and is expected to choose a winner this week. The company said its board has made "great progress on strategic alternatives" but did not comment further on the auction process. Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) and AT&T Inc (T.N) are said to be in the running, as well as private equity firm TPG Capital and a consortium lead by Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert and backed by billionaire Warren Buffett.Yahoo's fortunes have waned under Chief Executive Marissa Mayer, who has made little progress in her attempts to gain ground against newer, bigger Internet players such Facebook Inc (FB.O) and Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google. The tepid progress in turning around the business attracted pressure from activist investors who pushed Yahoo to launch an auction of its core business in February. Yahoo has also said it could spin off the business.Yahoo's shares were little changed at $37.92 in trading after the bell. (Reporting by Supantha Mukherjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty, Jonathan Weber and Chris Reese)

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Split and Clone Editor Views in Eclipse

Sometimes it is all about knowing the simple tricks in Eclipse which make life easier. Like this one: How to have a split editor view so I can edit multiple different sections of a source file.That feature is present in Eclipse Luna and afterwards, but because there is no icon in the view itself as in Microsoft Word, I have found that many do not know about this useful feature. The screensthots below are for Eclipse Luna.Split Editor ViewTo split an editor view, I have it selected (to be active), then I use the menu ‘Toggle Split Editor’:I can split it horizontal:Or in a vertical way:I can use the mouse to resize the split area:To remove the split, simply use the menu or shortcut again:Clone Editor ViewThe other useful function is to clone an Editor view:This creates a clone of that view:To ‘undo’ the cloning, I close the new editor view.SummarySplitting and Cloning gives me a way to edit the same source file in different portions of that file. The commands to Clone and Split is under the Window > Editor menu.Happy Cloning and Splitting!

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